Downing Street said Tuesday that Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed on an ambitious plan for “breakthroughs” in bilateral relations over the next decade.
At a virtual meeting on Tuesday, the two leaders agreed on a “2030 Roadmap.” It provides a UK-India framework that spans health, trade, education, science and technology, and defense. Press release..
Downing Street said India is an “indispensable partner” in the Indo-Pacific region, and its importance was highlighted in an integrated review of UK security, defense and foreign policy released earlier this year.
Johnson and Modi have agreed that the two countries will “take a lock step” to tackle “all forms” of security threats.
The British carrier strike group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, will visit India later this year to conduct joint training exercises with the Indian Navy and the Air Force.
In a statement, Johnson said the two countries “share many basic values.”
“The United Kingdom is one of the oldest democracies and India is the largest in the world. We are both devoted members of the Commonwealth and there is a living bridge that connects the people of our country.” He said.
Johnson had previously planned to visit India to meet with Modi in person, but fears of a catastrophic second wave of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in that country forced him to cancel his visit. I didn’t get it.
“Last week, the British people increased thousands to help our Indian friends during this horrific time, demonstrating the deep connection between Britain and India,” he said.
“This connection will only grow in the next decade as we work together to tackle the world’s biggest problems and improve people’s lives. The agreement we have made today is with the United Kingdom. It marks the beginning of a new era in Indian relations. “
Johnson and Modi have reached a series of agreements Trade and investment transactions Downing Street is worth £ 1 billion ($ 1.4 billion) and said it will create more than 6,500 new jobs in the UK.
They also promised to negotiate a free trade agreement with a view to doubling trade between Britain and India over the next decade.
Also on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said Britain and India had signed an agreement allowing young British and Indian citizens to work and live in each other’s countries.
Under an agreement signed by Interior Minister Priti Patel and Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniyam Jaishankar, young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 can work and live in other countries for up to 24 months.
The agreement also addresses the long-standing problem of illegal immigrants from India to the United Kingdom.
Under that condition, Mr Patel said the UK “would be able to more easily eliminate non-rights people in the UK and crack down on those who are abusing our system.”
PA contributed to this report.